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Master’s in Student Affairs & Higher Education

Photo of a student making a statement in classThe student affairs and higher education master’s program prepares you to work on college and university campuses including settings such as student services, residence life, academic advisement, student activities, international student services, study abroad, and higher education administration. The SAHE's curriculum is baed on the ACPA/NASPA professional competencies.


  • Combination of theoretical and skill-based approaches to serving students
  • Can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis up to the point of internship
  • Focuses on preparing you to have the commitment, knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, and self-awareness to offer quality student affairs services

Master of Science in Student Affairs & Higher Education (36–42 credits)

Admission Requirements

General admission criteria include a completed graduate study application, three recommendations, statement of purpose or intent, resume, and official transcripts. Additional requirements include:

  • Evidence of a 2.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • At least 12 credit hours in psychology, human services, education, or closely related areas and completed specific coursework in statistics
  • Satisfactory scores on either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

Admission Deadline: February 1, applications may be accepted after February 1 at the department’s discretion.

Program Requirements

Student Affairs and Higher Education Course Sequencing (36–42 credit hours)

Fall Year 1

  • CLG 505 Counseling Relationships and Skills (3 cr.)
  • CLG 527 Career Development Counseling (3 cr.)
  • CLG 506 Student Affairs Practice (3 cr.)
  • CLG 522 College Students and Environments (3 cr.)

Spring Year 1

  • CLG 517 Group Counseling (3 cr.)
  • CLG 545 Cultural Contexts of Counseling (3 cr.)
  • CLG 550 Leadership and Administration in Student Affairs (3 cr.)
  • CLG 554 Research Design and Methods (3 cr.)

Fall Year 2

  • CLG 556 Thesis or Elective (3 cr.)
  • CLG 535 Facilitating College Student Development (3 cr.)
  • CLG 542 Student Affairs Internship (6–12 cr., min req. of 6)

Spring Year 2 (optional)

  • CLG 542 Student Affairs Internship (3–6 cr.)
Total Credits: 36–42

Contact Information

For more information about the student affairs and higher education program please contact:

Julia Davis, Coordinator
Office: Ward Hall 106A
Phone: (518) 564-4179
Email: [email protected]